Thursday, August 30, 2007

Chavez Sees Craig Hypocrisy, By The Media!

Linda Chavez has discerned hypocrisy when it comes to the issue of Senator Larry Craig being busted in a bathroom by an undercover cop... To Chavez the hypocrisy of it all is the coverage being generated by the media!

Chavez speculates on how the media would react if the veritable shoe tippity tapping under the bathroom stall had been on the other foot as it were. She then declares that the heat generated by that sort of disclosure would be much less than is being directed at Craig, simply because he is a Republican. Chavez wraps up by decrying the media's "abuse of power" and their willingness to delve into the private sex life of Craig, speculating that they are doing so only because he is a conservative.

It is notable however that Chavez does not bother to give even one example of such unbalanced treatment. I suspect the reason for this lack of substance is because there are no examples to be given that would prove her point. You can just feel the pent up frustration building to a nearly palpable rage as the fevered right wing noise makers watch the incoming waves of scandal after scandal envelope their leadership... but the Democrats are only touched by an occasional ripple. I mean which would you rather be defending... a Senator busted in a public restroom for playing footsie with an undercover cop, or an ex Senator getting an expensive haircut?

Frankly, I don't believe Chavez has a valid point but, oddly enough, I think she ought too. Based upon the pontification of the conservative movement in America about family values and their demonizing of people who do not live up to those same standards, when the leaders of that movement are found to be living lives that do not comport to those values I do think it's a bigger deal than when other politicians are found to be doing the same thing.

As an example on the other side... let us for a moment imagine that Nancy Pelosi made a huge issue of animal rights. If Pelosi raises tons of money and wins voters over by making animal rights a central issue, and then some news outlet gets video of her killing a deer during a hunt by illegally shooting from the roadside... that would be a pretty big deal. There can be no doubt that such a scandal would be a lot bigger than your typical Republican, who thinks hunters should basically be left alone, being pictured doing exactly the same thing. The Republican would face a bit of controversy for shooting from the road, but it is entirely understandable that a pro animal rights Democrat in this scenario would face harsher coverage than the pro hunter Republican. I mean... duh!

Democrats generally have a platform that calls for tolerance and social understanding for gays and lesbians. Don't misunderstand me here, I don't think that means it would be ok for Democratic politicians to go soliciting strangers in airport bathrooms. Republicans on the other hand have made gay bashing and homophobia a central tenet of their party. That means not only is it not ok to go solicit sex from strangers of the same gender in airport terminals, but when they are caught doing it the glare of negative publicity SHOULD be harsher.

Why Chavez does not understand this perfectly understandable dichotomy is beyond me. Let us chalk it up to the growing sense of helplessness she must feel as the Republican facade of holiness crumbles with no equivalent events to bring down the Democratic party as well. The only thing left for them to do is rail about the hypocrisy of everybody else.

I guess it’s Chavez’s job to act like she perpetually has a hair up her butt, but one reason in particular is that she lambasted Zoe Baird in 1993 (Bill Clinton’s nominee for attorney general) for employing an illegal alien to the point where Baird withdrew, and then eight years later Chavez backed down from consideration as Dubya’s Labor Secretary because of the very same issue (I’m sure Chavez would have been just as awful as the utterly execrable Elaine Chao, but I guess it’s a good thing that we never found out). There are probably a whole host of other reasons why she hates the media (most of whom are her ideological brethren anyway, as it happens), but that’s one that immediately comes to mind.
Hey Bhfrik,

Karma can be a bitch when the time to pay the piper for such staggering levels of hypocrisy rolls around. Never forget that this is the crowd that deceptively gave us The Patriot Act, the Iraq war, torture, secret prisons, Abu-Garib, Gitmo, and spying on the innocent. Oh, how the greedy and arrogant are falling...

It just boggles the mind that holier-than-thou Christian leaders are so often involved in sick behavior. Just look at the history and current events of the Vatican and Papacy. Do you need any more proof of why such scoundrels value faith over truth and justice? See the pattern?

Notice that Larry Craig was nabbed on June, 11th? DId you know that 11 symbolizes truth and justice? Notice the pattern of pivotal events repeatedly occurring on number 11 days during recent years? Notice that the story broke 77 days after his arrest? How many unlikely coincidences are necessary before more people discern a strong pattern in the noise?

Here is Wisdom !!
I agree. The media would be all over this and there would be calls for Impeachment if this guy (and all the other gay lawmakers) were a Democrat.
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